One of the better houses in the village.
Monday, September 27, 2010
One of the better houses in the village.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
It's sunday here, and its still very warm here. I dont know what its like in PA,but i hear fall is almost hitting you.
I would have liked if I could have many of you here with us yesterday.
We went to two villages. The first village we met a huge group of people at a school that are doing things similar to Mercy & Grace. They are feeding kids, and taking care of them as best as they can.
They are financially struggling so we helped supply them with blankets for the people throughout the area. We found out the blankets we were giving out would take a man from that area 3 days of his salary to pay for one. Madhava encouraged the people in the village in unity, that they need to begin to help each other. They all have been deserting the idea of unity, which has not helped them get into any better circumstances then where they are now.
Then we all prayed together, praying that they would continue to look to God and ask for His guidance.
Then we went to the village #2
We met up at a prayer hall donated by Salvation Army. We were given great hospitality there, we were offered drinks and snacks by some of the people.
We had another large gathering. Madhava asked Meghan and I to share from the word and encourage them. After worship (in telugu) we shared a message which was translated by Madhava's son, Rajesh.
After this we prayed with them and gave blankets to the Men and Women, most are of an older age and you can see that the age is getting to them as they have to walk a decent distance back to their homes.
We are hoping to keep doing things like this here.
People have been opening up their villages to Madhava and his wife Nirmala . There are a total of 24 villages, and we have helped three so far with the blankets and rice we've bought with the money you helped support us with.
God has really been doing His work here in India. You can see Him in some of the people. This one lady at one of the smaller villages of huts by Madhava's brother's house was a good example. As soon as we gave her rice, she ran to her hut (the size of a bed. you have barely enough room to lay in it and I'm not even sure you can kneel in it. This is for a whole family). She went to her hut and grabbed her Bible, her most prized possession, and some oil. She had us lay hands on her and pray for her and annoint her. It was really touching. You could feel the Spirit there. After praying with some of the other women, we left. It truly was a wonderful day. God showed Himself in so many ways. He truly is so wonderful.
I would personally like to thank everyone that has helped out so far. The prayers and support you've given has gone a long way. They've been used to glorify God and do His work. It is greatly appreciated by us, and especially the people here in India. There are still so many other villages we haven't reached yet, that are in so much need. We pray that God will open some doors and shows us ways to help them. Please continue to pray on the subject. Prayer is so important, and has proved to be so powerful. I would also like to thank anyone who's sent us packages or mail. Those too are greatly appreciated. They put smiles on our faces, and we thoroughly enjoy watching the kids eat some American sweets and snacks. It is really funny (We gave this one girl, Keerthi, peanut butter, and her face was priceless. She had no clue what to do with the texture and she really didn't like it. Haha!).
Thanks again for all the prayers and support. I hope everything is going well in America for everyone, and you're enjoying the changing seasons.
Meghan and Jordan
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Hey! It's Meghan
Well, you guessed it. We're still in India. Ha! The days continue to go by, and I realized we've been here for about a month and a half now. Wow! It feels like just yesterday we got here. We continue to eat spicy food and do the usual Indian thing. I'm pretty sure we're slowly morphing into Indians (if that's even possible). My last post was about the festival, and that just ended. The last day of the festival though, it rained. It poured actually, really, reallly hard. We danced in the rain and got soaking wet, which felt nice and cooling. While I was drying off, I felt a deep remorse looking out at the roads. They were slowly getting worse. And that's just where we are. The roads are a lot worse near the villages. Please just continue to pray for the villages. I'm not exactly sure the level of damage the rain did yet, but I heard it's been wiping out a lot. One of the villages on a lower elevation is up to their waists in water. Pray that their houses, livestock, crops, etc. are not too badly damaged. That's their life here. Without it, it's hard to survive. And the rain also brings disease, so continue to pray for the people affected by it. I know a lot of the little girls at night give me prayer requests to pray for their parents or loved ones with fevers. Some of the children have also gotten sick, so please pray for them. Prayer has been a really powerful thing here in India (as it is everywhere). I am moved every time I see one of the little ones get down on their knees and earnestly pray to their Father. The most moving prayer time is perhaps at night. I go in the girl's room to pray and wish them goodnight and give out hugs. Some nights though, the girls will annoint my head with oil and put crosses on me and pray for me. It truly is touching. God is working in a lot of their little hearts, and I love it. Please pray that He continues to move these children and speak through us while we teach them. A lot of the kids are Hindu, and there's a few Muslim kids as well. I can see their curiousity when we teach during Sunday school or give the nightly verse and prayer. Just pray that the Lord can work through us to touch them. Thank you all for your prayers thus far. They truly have been appreciated. I hope everyone at home is doing well, and I look forward to hearing from you and sharing more stories with you.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Its Jordan posting.
How is everyone doing?ah,sounds like you're all doing well...
so! here is what is new- We are waiting for roads to clear up from all of the rain we have had the last couple weeks,so that we can continue to share the word with the villages. And! we have a few boxes of Bibles that we just got (thanks to everyone back home supporting us) to take to the villages.
We are also waiting on an order for blankets,and a truckload of rice for here at the orphanage. We are hoping to get some photos up so everyone can see where their money is going .
Life here has been getting more beautiful as time moves.
Each night before the elementry kids go to sleep they call me into there room and we all get in a circle and we pray together. After this they all say "goodnight tumulu!" (telugu for brother)
Last night i went in to lay down beside some of them as they were falling asleep. Right when i layed down i was offered a mat to lay my head on. I told the boy we should share..It was the only thing he had that he was laying on.
After i layed there i felt something at my hand.
One of the very little boys layed down next to me and i looked down at him and he gave up his mat to come over and be next to me. So i gave him my bandana to lay his head on,he took it with a great smile. As he fell asleep i rubbed his head not certain if he has parents and if so,had they ever done this for him while he was falling asleep. I am certain of 2 things though,and it is this; I have never had someone offer me their pillow as the boy i layed next too,if it meant that they were going to be lying their face on just the ground.
The other; This was the first time i have ever seen anyone give up there mat (or matress) and lay down on the solid ground,just because they liked the person they would be laying next to.
Jesus says "Blessed are the poor" and I have a strong sense of that here. I also have a strong sense that those who are loved by the poor are incredibly blessed.
I experienced that last night. I dont believe that some of the kids are aware of the level of love that they have shown me while i've been here.
They are all Unique,made fearfully and wonderfully.
I hope that everyone back home is doing very well. Thank you all for your prayers and support.
If you could be praying that the roads would clear up here ,that would be much appreciated. The roads that go to the villages are terribly bad to drive on even with a truck,they are all mudd roads and have been ripped apart by all the rain and livestock that walks on it.
Also for the health of the people here,many are getting sick because of the weather as well. All the rain is prime for masquitos and masquitos are prime for things like malaria.
In the love of Christ,
So things have been pretty interesting around here. But definately good! The days are never the same. We continue to teach the kids english and drawing, while they continue to teach us Telugu and Indian dances and such. Last night was the most BEAUTIFUL night I've ever seen. The sky was so clear and I've never seen so many stars. God truly is amazing, and they made the pictures in my Discovering the Universe class book look pathetic. Haha. We continue to recieve love from all the people here, especially the children. It really is remarkable how much they can love two strangers. Right now it's a 6 day festival or something. I believe it's called Remjen (spelling?). Most of the kids have gone home to celebrate with their families. The few that have stayed have taught us many games, and we teach them Uno, war, and other games we make up with a deck of cards. Jordan went to town yesterday. He can post about what happened there. I stayed at the orphanage and did some work and hung with the kids. I ate lunch with them, and I have honestly never eaten something so spicy before. My mouth was pretty much on fire! Haha. Everyday is someone else's birthday it seems, so I'm going to go celebrate that. So, we'll fully update everyone in a few days or so on what's been going on. I just decided to put up a brief message. Enjoy the changing weather at home, with fall approaching. Also to anyone still in school, have fun! Haha.
Meghan and Jordan :]
Thursday, September 2, 2010
It's Meghan and Jordan! Well, it's been about a month in India and a lot has happened. We've experienced a whole new culture. Jordan and I both got some sweet new clothes. Mine being a Saree and Jordan's being angelic white clothing. We've gotten used to the spicy food, and sometimes (especially this past week) have had repercussions due to it (if you know what we mean. haha). Jordan has learned some of the Telugu alphabet. He's actually becoming quite fluent, as well as in French and Japanese. He just has a natural knack for picking up languages. He teaches himself. Haha. We teach English lessons everyday. Today we taught the 4th grade a story about Kip and Starla from Napoleon Dynamite. Hopefully they can use this new aquired information in their everyday life. We also found out that my power is connected to Jordan's power (well the curcuit). We kept wondering why Jordan's power would go out everytime I went into his room. Well, it turned out that my power switch controls them all. So if I'm in his room, he has no power. Haha. So those late night bible studies won't happen in his room at least (except thank you mom for that incredibly powerful flashlight. Jordan uses that to light up is room). The rainy season is coming to an end, and "winter" is approaching. It sure doesn't feel like winter. With the winter comes sickness, though. We haven't been able to go to the villages due to outbreaks of the swine flu and fevers and other sicknesses. So please pray for the people here. Speaking of sickness, I got a rash from sun exposure from taking my malaria pills. At least it's better than getting malaria :] The Lord has been guiding us through a lot of things. We are building endurance and much needed strength. Sometimes it gets hard with the language barrier, cultural differences, and all the kids running around screaming. But God has continued to provide us with patience and strength. We have just been praying a lot and asking God for guidance in everything we do here. We try to do everything with love and follow Him to the best of our abilities. Please continue to pray for us and the people here. All your prayers are greatly appriciated, and we love to read your comments. They bring smiles to our faces :]
Ok, well peace out,
Meghan and Jordan :]
PS-Stuart we are still waiting to hear from you :]
Monday, August 23, 2010
Here's something Jordan wrote on Facebook...
The past 2 weeks I have been praying about why God called me to India. we have had much un-expected down time in the past two weeks.
However, this past weekend we spent going all around to different villages( some of them as far as over an hour on crazy turrain)
We were delivering sewing machines to women whos villages have been drastically effected by the tsunami that hit India a few years ago. The surrounding area is all flooded and all the jobs are basically fishing for 2$ a day,which is what all the men do. But now the women will have something they can profit from as well (sewing).
We also went to a tiny church ( about the size of my living room) with about 40 people jammed inside. They actually asked me to share something from the Word,and so I said and read whatever the Spirit asked me to say and read. Madhava's son ,Rajesh, translated for me. I was not sure how it went being translated and all,but it did not matter, there was still a strong sense of Gods presence.
So it was an exciting weekend,filled with travelling and visiting very poor people ( who still offered us snacks and soda,It was unreal how much they wanted to share with us) and all kinds of people, a lot of observing ...and praying that we wouldn't takeout a herd of cattle that strayed along the road that was about 10ft wide.
Meghan and I were watching one of the classes while they were taking exams to make sure they are doing there work and not cheating...like some of them were attempting..
While I was sitting Madhava came up and we talked for awhile. He told me what the mission is that God is leading him through. What he had to say was basically this;
Jordan, there are so many people around here in need. everywhere. So many are thirsty for water, hungry for food, in need of clothing..but we cannot meet all of their needs. There are too many. But we can do our best to meet some of them. We must show love to them , they are crying out, when we do this we share the gospel with them. They invite us to come back because they know we love them. These people need to know and hear about God, and when we love them, they open their whole village up to us and we are able to tell them about Christ. The first village we went to could not even believe how far we came just to visit them, they were amazed. And now about 27 villages have churches in them,some are bigger, some are so tiny everyone must cram in to fit.
But Jordan we need help, we need hands to join together and work with us, and without the Holy Spirit we will have no direction. So we must always let the Holy spirit direct us and give us wisdom. With this, I believe, we can bring Christ to all of the area and it will continue to spread.
This is the message he gave me, he would like Meghan and I to help encourage believers here by going to a different churches each sunday and spread the Word, and pray for the people there.
There are several ways that the spirit is moving here, and it starts here in the orphanage. We share the love of Christ in the Orphanage (many of the kids come from Hindu families and their parents know this is a christian orphanage) the kids can take that back to their parents.
We need to also reach out to the youth, so we will hold youth meetings here.
And the Women are the spirit of the house, we need to reach out to them because they influence the whole house, and they are not afraid to share what they learn with everyone else they meet. We did this with the sewing machines.
So there are some really powerful things going on here.
I learned that many of the people around here are not excepted by Hinduism because they are not wealthy, and many Hindu temples only exist because there is somebody getting a lot of money from the offerings that are past around. Hinduism is all about money.
So the people here do not fit in with so much of India.Their hope has been crushed by the tsunami, the government wont spend money on them, nobody wants to hire them because they are not well learned, they are so oppressed and in need of a Savior. So we are sharing with them the hope we have found and the new life that Christ offers. After all,we are the body of Christ.
One of the things we are working on right now is getting bibles to distribute the people around the villages.
We are talking about getting blankets for some of the people as well ,who currently, are lying on a hard cement floor , or even some of them , just the dirt.
I have been in much prayer about this and diving into so much scripture,and God really has put weight on me to be a part of this ministry.
Christ is moving rapidly, I have seen it just in the past 2 weeks I've been here. Keep praying, please.
Let me know if you are interested in helping in anyway you can. Pray about it, and seek God, if He leads you to get involved in some way, tell me.
Whatever is given to help us is only going to be used however the Holy Spirit guides us. And it wont go to us, it will go unto the least .
Thank you everyone for all of your prayers and support. I believe there is much of God's fire waiting to be spread.
I hope everyone back home is doing well and that you are all seeing God at work somewhere, it is a beautiful thing.
Thanks everyone for your continual support!
Basically these past couple of weeks have been spent teaching English to the kids (which is actually a lot harder than we thought), learning how to do laundry by smacking our clothes on cement blocks, resting, eating spicy, interesting looking food, and learning as much about the Indian culture as possible (And everything Jordan described above).
We have so many stories to share with all of you, and we cannot wait until we return to do them all justice, seeing as we only have so long on the computer. We got some legit hennas by a bunch of 13 year old girls. We also saw a scorpion the other night, and the kids beat it with a stick until it was basically pulverized. It was definately an interesting site. Jordan is currently playing the tamburine behind me, and our time is almost out on the computer. We will try to do our best with pictures, but they might have to wait until we get home. Thank you once again for all your support and prayers. They are so greatly appriciated.
With lots of love from India,
PS-Stuart, what are you talking about? Where did you go?
Sunday, August 15, 2010
They are being very well cared for. They are getting lots and lots of food - but very different than the US. They've pretty much eaten everything they brought from America! I'm told to send peanut butter!
The week has gone a bit better with them getting to know the children, but the language barrier is quite difficult. There is also very little sense of time. They don't know what they are doing from moment to moment, and spend a good bit of time alone waiting to be told what to do.
The hardest thing has been what appears to be a lack of internet availability. They are going to work on trying to get an aircard, which would allow us to communicate, and make the adjustment a bit easier. Jordan has been a great encourager for which Meghan is so thankful.
In the meantime, they are spending a lot of time in prayer, and request our continued prayer support. They would also like to receive mail the old fashioned way. The address is in the last blog. I know it is a $.98 stamp for a one ounce letter. Any care packages sent need to not be sealed before taken to be mailed - they inventory everything sent. Books, games, peanut butter, candy, protien bars, etc. would be so welcome. A letter sent takes about a week - and she is waiting anxiously!
Thank you for all your prayers and support. I know God is going to do amazing things through both Meghan and Jordan.
God Bless -
Monday, August 9, 2010
Jordan and I made it safely to India!! Thanks for all you prayers!! We're going to try and post a few days a week. Jordan and I are going to alternate days updating you. So here's Jordan...
Hey Everyone ,
We are adjusting a bit more each day to the 10 1/2 hr difference. But while you are sleeping we aren't, and while you are awake ..we are too.. haha. We sleep as much each night as we can,however, we are still getting used to it. Meghan and I have been going through what we call going "vertigo" (like U2) the deffinition we gave to the word is this: When you are standing still but feel like you are still on an airplane.. just without the plane..
We have been eating so much food the past couple of days and they just keep giving us more ( and we thought Americans eat a lot) it is also all spicy food.Which has kepted our stomachs on the up-and-up. I learned the "propper" or "gentleman-like" way to eat with my hands (as all Indians do).
Yesterday we went to buy some Indian clothing at a shopping city. We hit nearly 10 vehicles,10 pedestrians, and 10 oxens. But 95% of the time while they drive they have the horn on and the foot ready to break.After getting our clothing we went to Madhava's brother's house. We ate some fruits off of a tree at his house,which were very interesting. After eating about 5 of them Madhava looked at me,rubbed his belly, and said "good for digesting,yes.." I looked at Meghan and she said "...are we eating something like laxidives.." thankfuly they did not make us go to the bathroom anymore than we already had.
After that we watched an oxen while it was being milked,that was interesting to say the least. I learned to not stand to close,because they like to swing their tales like baseball bats at a pianatta.
While we were leaving from Madhava's brother we passed by straw huts that were just big enough for 1 person to lay under (which about 5 people had these outside of his uncles house) i remembered madhava telling me how the poor people have been becoming christians but not so much the wealthy,because Hinduism is very much for the wealthy. So i looked at Madhava and asked him "do you ever pray with them?" and he said " yes,here.come." so i followed him over to the hut and he spoke with the lady laying under the straw very briefly and she came out with her bible and we grabbed hands as i prayed with the lady and madhava.As i began to pray in english ,she began to pray in Telugu. I experienced what Jesus was talking about when He said "when you do unto the least,you are doing unto Me." So it was praying hand-in-hand with Christ I experienced.
The orphanage has been wild ,and a bit tiring at times ,but it is good. We have about 15 kids jumping on us when we are outside with them (literally. i played a game today where all the kids jumped on my back and legs and i had to shout a word in telugu ,while trying to reach a certain destination on the pavement) I also have been showing them how to stand on their hands. It is funny to watch. They throw their little likes up in the air and just a moment later they land back down.
Please keep praying for us, we are in the adapting period right now and we are expecting the first couple of weeks to feel like the longest because of all the changes.
we appreciate all of the encouragement and prayers, they have been delivering us much needed strength.
We hope everyone at home,our friends,family, and my homies at rutters are doing well.
In grace and peace (and some excitement and tiredness) in Christ,
-Jordan & Meghan
Telugu word of the day: To leave-Degu
Thursday, August 5, 2010
We would basically just like to spend this time thanking absolutely everyone who has been praying for us and supporting us. There are just so many wonderful people in our lives that have truly been generous and just so supportive of our trip. We can't even begin to express our gratitude towards all of you.
We will let everyone know when we actually arrive in India, depending on internet service. We are also going to try and post stories, pictures, prayer requests, and updates as much as possible (also depending on our internet situation).
You can keep in touch with us through this blog, facebook, skype, e-mail, and good ol' fashion mail.
E-mail: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mail: Meghan and Jordan
Mercy and Grace
Hanuman Junction-521105, A.P, India
Hopefully that's written correctly. We'll let you know more about the mailing situation when we get there).
Once again, we'd just like to thank everyone who helped make this trip possible because of your support and prayers. We can't wait to share everything God does in India.
Jordan and Meghan
Thursday, July 15, 2010
So we're starting this blog so you guys can hear about our travels in India. We're scheduled to depart August 6th! We're getting really excited. We're asking for lots of prayer. Hopefully everything goes smoothly, but everything's ultimately in God's hands.
Thanks for all of your support! :)
Lots of love,
Meghan and Jordan